Join us for a conversation with New York Times best-selling author Mary Mackey and Professor Mara Lynn Keller, discussing how Mary Mackey researches and brings to life in her novels the Goddess-worshiping cultures of prehistoric Europe. Mary Mackey is the author of fourteen novels, five of which tell the stories of priestesses of the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe and pre-historic Sumer (The Village of Bones, The Year the Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, The Fires of Spring, and The Last Warrior Queen).
Those donating $65 or more will be invited to a special reception with the speakers at 6 PM, and will receive a personalized autographed copy of Mary Mackey’s latest novel, Village of Bones: Sabalah’s Tale and reserved seating.
Sponsored by the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Women’s Spirituality Program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of CIIS and the 25th anniversary of the Women's Spirituality program. All proceeds to benefit the 2018 Women’s Spirituality conference, Women Rising! New Visions for a Patriarchal World.
About the Speakers
Mary Mackey, Ph.D. is the New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, five of which tell the stories of priestesses of the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe and pre-historic Sumer (The Village of Bones, The Year The Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, The Fires of Spring, and The Last Warrior Queen). Her novels about Old Europe are based on the research of the late archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas who helped her with The Year the Horses Came and The Horses at the Gate. Her novel about ancient Sumer (The Last Warrior Queen), is based on a non-patriarchal interpretation of the Sumerian legend of the Goddess Inanna’s Descent into the Underworld and takes readers into the Fertile Crescent Goddess-worshiping-cultures described by the late Merlin Stone in When God Was a Woman.
Mara Lynn Keller, Ph.D. (Philosophy, Yale University), is a Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Women's Spirituality. As Program Director of Women's Spirituality at CIIS from 1998-2008, she produced dozens of special events on women's sacred arts and scholarship, most recently, a joint art exhibition with CERES Gallery in New York on Ineffable/Woman. She is a philosopher, thealogian, and specialist on the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter and Persephone. Her articles include "The Ritual Path of Initiation into the Eleusinian Mysteries," "Ancient Crete of the Earth Mother Goddess: Sacred Arts and Communal Ritual;" "Goddesses around the World," "Violence against Women and Children in Religious Scriptures and in the Home," and "Women's Spirituality and Higher Education." She believes that "Freedom of Religion to worship Goddess is a social justice issue," a message she delivered to the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Women's Plenary in 2015.